Giovanni is one of the main antagonists in the Pokemon series and the leader of Team Rocket.

He debuted in the first Pokemon Games ( Red Blue Yellow) in 1996 and returned in the remakes FireRed and LeafGreen as well as in Pokemon HheartGold and SoulSilver  (2009) and Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 in 2012.

Giovanni returned again as the main antagonist and leader of the new formed Team Rainbow Rocket in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in 2017. 

He is the only character in the game with the Trainer Class “Boss”


Giovanni from the Pokémon Games: an Overview

Charactername: Giovanni   Developed /Created by Nintendo / Game Freak
Gameseries: Pokémon    First seen on: Game Boy 
First Game: Pokemon Gen I Games    Year first seen in: 1996 
Last Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (2017)   Birthplace:  
Role(s) and Characteristics: Antagonist      
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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Giovanni

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (2017)

Giovanni Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen Art

Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen (2004)

Giovanni Pokemon 1st Gen Pokemon Red and Blue Original Art

Pokemon Red and Blue (1996)


Giovanni from the Pokemon games drawn for the Game-Art-HQ Video Game Character Database

Giovanni is for sure one of the most badass (and crazy) characters seen in the long history of the Pokemon games. I hope he could be a part of a future Super Smash Bros, game maybe.


This illustration of Giovanni drawn by SaraKpn “westernized” him a bit and personally I think like he looks like he was drawn for the next Grand Theft Auto ^^. Could you imagine a weird crossover by Nintendo / GameFreak and Rockstar Games to make a exclusive GTA on the Switch and Giovanni would be one of the gangsters in the game? He would look just like that!

There in SaraKpn’s gallery on dA you can see her contributions to our big Pokemon Project (or have a look here) as well as many other extraordinary good artworks includding a just spectacular Jak & Daxter one. Absolutely worth to see!



Giovanni in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

Giovanni the Team Rocket Boss from Pokemon Villains Art Challenge  

Giovanni was picked for our Video game Villains Art Challenge in January 2015, he was drawn by Sire Jan Black


Selected Fan Art and Cosplay Photos of Giovanni

Giovanni Pokemon Trainer Portrait Series

by EternaLegend




Updates and Additions in Giovanni’s Game Art Gallery and Character Overview

09.02.2018 – Some layout Updates, the intro screenshots and the Giovanni illustration by Sarakpn for this article!

10.12.2016 – Giovanni Art by EL added